Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino on hamstring injury: 'It's frustrating'

Rob Bradford
April 23, 2015 - 7:14 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Shane Victorino could ride out the early-season offensive struggles. But hamstring issues? That's testing the outfielder's patience. After the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays Thursday night, Victorino explained that he was hopeful that his right hamstring would be healed enough so that he could make a return to the lineup sometime during the upcoming three-game series in Baltimore. "It'€™s frustrating. I was feeling good, feeling great and it'€™s basically more of the same," Victorino said. "You work so hard and you feel so good out there, you'€™re doing everything, and then you go and steal a base and you feel it. You'€™re like, '€˜What? Where did this come from?'€™" Victorino felt the right hamstring tighten up when stealing second in the fourth inning of the Red Sox' loss Wednesday night. It was the first time this season he had a re-occurence of the discomfort in the right hamstring, which had bothered him for most of the 2014 season. "There were no signs. Zero," he said. "That'€™s where the biggest frustration comes from. No signs. I would feel a lot better if there was a sign that suggested it was tight or I felt something in there. Nothing. I felt great. The saw him do a big leg kick and I thought I could take the bag. But then I feel it when I start to slide and dive and I'€™m like, '€˜What the heck?'€™ It'€™s definitely not what I felt last year. It'€™s in that same area, and that'€™s the part where my conscious is saying, '€˜Damn, again?'€™" While Victorino is mindful that the discomfort is in the same spot as last season, he can take solace knowing the severity of the injury isn't close to what he experienced in 2014. "It definitely doesn't feel [as bad as before," he said. The right fielder later added, "I think I'€™ll be fine. My goal is that I would love to play this weekend. I'€™m hoping that it heals. It'€™s definitely not what I felt before, but it still worried me because it'€™s the same area."